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Lew Welch Papers
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Box 1, Folder 1

Allen, Donald

Box 1, Folder 2

Baker, Richard

Box 1, Folder 3

Brautigan, Richard


Brownfield, Dorothy [Welch's mother]

Box 1, Folder 4-10

1943 - 1950

Box 1, Folder 11

1950. Includes handwritten sections from poems "In my middle youth..." and "I David, arm in the sling" in letter dated 1 Feb. 1950. TS of poems "Monologue of one whom the spring found unaccompanied...," "Fragments," "Corinna's Gone A-Praying" in letter dated 21 March 1950

Box 1, Folder 12-14


Box 1, Folder 15

1952 - 1955. Includes paraphrase from Paulinus of Nola letter dated 17 Feb. 1952 and TS of "Breakfast, One Easter," in letter dated 17 April 1952

Box 1, Folder 16

1957 - 1959. Includes TS of "Note from Pioneer on a Speck in Space" in letter dated 21 July 1957

Box 2, Folder 1

1960 - 1961. Includes outline of autobiographical novel (3 pps) dated April 1960; 1 TLs (1 p.) from Ms. Brownfield to Emil Garber (Mary's father)

Box 2, Folder 2-3

1962 - 1964. Includes TS of "Birthday Poem, with Instructions to his Mother," dated 8 May 1963

Box 2, Folder 4


Box 2, Folder 5

Miscellaneous. 1 TLs to LW from Robert Jones, clerk of Cal. Poetry Reading Circuit, dated 12 June 1969, 1 TLs (3 leaves) to Dorothy B. from Mary Welch dated 15 December 1957

Box 2, Folder 6

Cuddy, Terry (Prisoner at San Quentin)

Box 2, Folder 7

Doss, John

Box 2, Folder 8

Doyle, Kirby [all are letters from Welch to Doyle]

Box 2, Folder 9

Durand, Robert

Box 2, Folder 10

Hausman, Gerald

Box 2, Folder 11

Hawley, Robert (editor of Oyez Press)

Box 2, Folder 12

KitKitDizze - Miscellaneous letters and notes concerning Welch's projected home in the Sierras

Box 2, Folder 13

Korte, Sister Mary

Box 2, Folder 14

Koller, James

Box 2, Folder 15

McClure, Michael

Box 2, Folder 16

Martin, John

Box 2, Folder 17

Moore, Marianne

Box 2, Folder 18

Murphy, Pat

Box 2, Folder 19

Olsen, Charles

Box 2, Folder 20

Ring of Bone - Miscellaneous correspondence and Grove Press Contract for Welch's proposed publication

Box 2, Folder 21

Rago, Henry (editor of Poetry Magazine)

Box 2, Folder 22

Saijo, Albert

Box 2, Folder 23

Saleh, Dennis

Box 2, Folder 24

Schevill, James (San Francisco Poetry Center)

Box 2, Folder 25

Shoemaker, Jack (editor of Maya Press)

Box 2, Folder 26

Simon, John Oliver

Box 2, Folder 27

Snyder, Gary

Box 2, Folder 28

Thompson, Marilyn and Bari

Box 2, Folder 29

University of California at Davis - Letters concerning readings at UC Davis

Box 2, Folder 30

University of California at Santa Barbara - Letter concerning readings at UCSB, from Ruth Cole

Box 2, Folder 31

University of Utah/John Vernon - Letter concerning reading

Box 2, Folder 32

Upton, Charles

Box 2, Folder 33

Welch, Lew - 1 ALs draft to Philip Whalen; 1 TLs to Will Peterson; 1 TLs carbon to Welch's mother; 1 MS -- thought by Don Allen to be part of an enclosure to a letter to James Wilson which is perhaps related to Welch's poem "Invention Against Invention"

Box 2, Folder 34

Whalen, Philip






Titled poetry

Box 3, Folder 1

"Brandy's Wedding" (crossed out) or "Poem MSS" - Miscellaneous drafts of poems from various periods with some carbons

Box 3, Folder 2

"Fishing" folder - "Section for Fish Poem" typescript; prose account of salmon fishing, typescript with holograph revisions

Box 3, Folder 3

"For Consideration (For Sure)" - Poems in TS, some carbons. Includes TS of The Mountain Poems and Leather Prunes

Box 3, Folder 4

"Fragments" - Folder of 14 fragments, TS (with carbons) from scrolls, notebooks, loose leaf folders, etc. Includes two maps in holograph

Box 3, Folder 5

"Invention Against Invention" - Typescript with holograph dedication to Charles Olsen and revisions

Box 3, Folder 6

"Late Poems from Ring of Bone" - TS drafts and holograph drafts, various stages

Box 3, Folder 7

Leather Prunes - Poem drafts, some on napkins, some carbons

Box 3, Folder 8

"1963" - TS and MS, includes versions of "A Letter for Robert Duncan," and "Invention Against Invention"

Box 3, Folder 9

The Mountain Poems and Spring Rain Revolution at the Forks - Early versions of Hermit Poems and The Way Back. TS, signed

Box 3, Folder 10

On Out: Selected Poems 1950 - 1960 - TS, clean carbon, inscription to LW's wife and signature on title leaf

Box 3, Folder 11

"Our Lady of Defeated Love" - Drafts of poem. Holograph draft of preface to "Cement" and one MS poem

Box 3, Folder 12

Ring of Bone - Some carbons, slight holograph, TS

Box 3, Folder 13

"Small Book to Break the Rain" - TS with holograph revisions from 1967

Box 3, Folder 14

Spring Rain Revolution at the Forks and Hermit Poems - TS, some carbons, with corrections, signed

Box 3, Folder 15

Trip Trap - Single typed sheet formed by joining several sheets together. TS of book prepared by Welch, Albert Saijo, and Jack Kerouac. Believed typed by Kerouac

Box 3, Folder 16

"The Wanderer" - Poem with the I-Ching throw upon which the poem is based, holograph

Box 3, Folder 17

The Way Back - TS including carbon; holograph poem by Gary Snyder, "The Four Vows," annotated by Welch

Box 3, Folder 18

"To Write..." etc. - List of poems written and "to write." Holograph on paper napkin, from 1970. Two Poems: "Dear Joanne"; and "A Poem for Gerard Malanga" in holograph. Poem: "Words to that Effect," TS with holograph addition. Poem: "The Epiphany of Toffy Belski," TS


Miscellaneous and untitled poetry

Box 3, Folder 19

Miscellaneous papers - "A Farewell Note to God, Should He Exist." Preface, 1 page fragment from larger preface to Ring of Bone. Proposed table of contents for Ring of Bone. Miscellaneous cards including short prose notes. Leaves from small notebook containing maps and drawings. Assorted notebook fragments and leaves, addresses, and lists. "Across Space and Time" by Charles Olsen, 1 page TS of Olsen piece from Set no. 1

Box 3, Folder 20

Miscellaneous poems - MSS ("Poetry Workshop Joyce Brians" crossed out). Miscellaneous poems and TS with various dates. Some holograph revisions and one poem in holograph. Includes draft of "Words to That Effect" and proposed table of contents for On Out



Box 4, Folder 1

Drafts of "Final City - Tap City" - Includes carbon of printed version

Box 4, Folder 2

Early Poems and Long Thing for William Carlos Williams - Long essay about Welch's own poetry, dedicated to WCW (1950)

Box 4, Folder 3

Expose the Bones of Rhetoric - TS draft in scroll format

Box 4, Folder 4

Greed - San Francisco Oracle essay, xerox and photocopy of various versions with published version and photocopy of letter to editor

Box 4, Folder 5

How to Survive in The United States - TS

Box 4, Folder 6

Language is Speech - TS of essay

Box 4, Folder 7

Uses of Poetry - TS draft

Box 4, Folder 8

Writings of Gertrude Stein: Its Nature and Principles - Reed College BA thesis, May 1950, carbon TS; inscribed by LW to his mother


Prose and Plays

Box 4, Folder 9

Fiction - Miscellaneous TS prose. 8 sections with carbons, mostly from scrolls which have been broken down and pasted together


I, Leo

Box 4, Folder 10

First draft, long scroll format

Box 4, Folder 11

Second and third drafts. TS, corrected

Box 4, Folder 12

Twins - TS of play (incomplete)




Din Poem

Box 7

Very long early version and holograph poem on scroll. Heavily taped from pieces 1961


Restrictions Apply
Box 7

Scroll poem with carbon 1966


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Box 7

Hard Start - Typed scroll, fiction fragments


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Box 7

Endless Autobiography of the Whole United States - Typed scroll, fiction fragments


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Box 7

Late Urban Love of Peter Held - Typed scroll, draft of prose with carbon


Restrictions Apply
Box 5, Folder 1

Photocopies of high-acid and taped scrolls



Box 5, Folder 2

Graffitti and Supermarket - Words and music, on stencil with original

Box 5, Folder 3

Songs - TS and MS, including holograph version of "Supermarket" music; some carbons



Box 5, Folder 4

Pages from black looseleaf notebook - Early poems, rough drafts of long poems, prose drafts, letters with poems from other poets, including three from Philip Whalen and one from Gary Snyder

Box 5, Folder 5

Brown silk-covered notebook - Hermit Songs in holograph, calligraphed by Welch including design, dedication and two holograph poems by Philip Whalen 1964

Box 5, Folder 6

Ledger, "The Fisherman's Notebook," signed - Various notes on three pages with five pages of notes for projected book of poems

Box 5, Folder 7

Looseleaf notebook from early San Francisco period


Spiral-bound notebooks

Box 5, Folder 8

7 X 8 1/2, 3 pps., with entries of notes for poems

Box 5, Folder 9

4 X 6, 18 pps., notes for teaching

Box 5, Folder 10

4 X 6, 35 pps., notes, including journal kept in Big Sur 1962

Box 5, Folder 11

3 X 5, looseleaf, 8 pps., Forks of Salmon period

Box 5, Folder 12

List of supplies on rear page for construction of house. Single entry dated 14 May 1971 (in front), believed to be the last note made by Welch before his disappearance 1971

Box 6, Folder 1

8 1/2 X 11, 9 pps., "tentative structure for I, Leo and other works"



Box 6, Folder 2

Miscellaneous documents, announcements, sections from magazines, broadsides, gathered by Welch, announcing readings. Includes review of Welch's plays from San Francisco Magazine

Box 6, Folder 3

Press release and program note written by Welch for San Francisco State College poetry reading in 1966. Carbon with holograph revisions. "A Short Love Story of a Man and a Planet," printed in Omen I, 1 (1970), later titled "He Begins to Recount His Adventures." Gavin Arthur's hand-drawn horoscope for Welch, signed; crayon of printed horoscope 1966 - 1966

Box 6, Folder 4

Publicity - Clippings of Ralph Gleason's San Francisco Chronicle column, 26 October 1966. Original clippings and negative of Grover Sales' review of Welch's "One Man Plays" reading, from San Francisco Magazine. Xerox of "Final City" from Oracle, no. 34, 1968. Xeroxes of San Quentin News item on Welch and Brautigan reading at prison. College of Marin reprint of article on Welch from Independent Journal (1968). Program notes for San Francisco State College Poetry Center reading, 1959

Box 6, Folder 5

Reviews Writ by Me - Drafts of reviews of Philip Whalen's On Bear's Head and Richard Brautigan's In Watermelon Sugar, including final published version from San Francisco Chronicle

Box 6, Folder 6

Reviews, ephemera, and broadsides



Box 6, Folder 7

Contract for Pacific Coast Clerks, subsidiary of International Long Shoreman's and Warehouseman's Union

Box 6, Folder 8

Funeral record of LW's father

Box 6, Folder 9

Greeley, Colorado - Folder containing information, correspondence, and documents pertaining to Welch's residency at Colorado State College at Greeley, Colorado

Box 6, Folder 10

Grove Press letters and contracts

Box 6, Folder 11

List of equipment purchased & page of doodles and drawings 1962 - 1963

Box 6, Folder 12

Permission correspondence and forms

Box 6, Folder 13

UC Extension - Miscellaneous papers relating to Welch's teaching at UC Berkeley Extension. Contains poems written by students, contracts, and a letter drafted by Welch to Elspeth Smith (Director of UC Extension program) concerning his classes. Also, a letter of complaint about Welch from student and E. Smith's response

Box 6, Folder 14

Statement of opposition to Vietnam War - Welch's name appears on statement (typed), but is not signed 1965

Box 6, Folder 15

Sturm, Rogers and Co. Guns catalog